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This week, Tallahassee Police Department is ramping up pedestrian and bicycle safety measures. The move comes as part of a local and state initiative to prevent pedestrian-involved car crashes. Since January, 168 bicyclists and pedestrians have been hit by vehicles in Tallahassee.
Charlie Adelson will take the stand Thursday morning in his own defense. He’s accused of planning and paying for the murder of Dan Markel, his sister’s ex-husband. The two were going through a tense custody battle and divorce, and the state accused Adelson of plotting his former brother-in-law’s killing to help his sister escape the perils of legal proceedings with him.
During the City Commission meeting on October 25, staff presented a report to the Commission on the Midtown Stakeholders Committee’s priorities and ongoing work since 2021. Get the details.
Quincy leaders have terminated their police chief from his position. The reasons for the termination included poor work environment and poor financial resource management. The recently fired chief will have a chance to respond to his termination at a public meeting on November 14 at 6 p.m.
Students for a Democratic Society and the Tallahassee Community Action at FSU hosted a pro-Hamas rally earlier this week. The groups referred to Hamas as “freedom fighters” and compared them to civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Several activists gave short speeches where they spoke out against Israel.
LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
It’d been nearly 20 years since Chiles volleyball team has made the state final four, but after sweeping the Ponte Vedra Sharks in straight sets, the Timberwolves can update their history books, as the win puts them back in the state championship mix for the first time since 2005.
FSU soccer had a number of awards given out yesterday by the ACC. Head Coach Brian Pensky was named ACC Coach of the Year, Onyi Echegini the ACC Offensive Player of the Year while Jordynn Dudley was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. FSU put seven athletes on the All-ACC First, Second and Third Teams while also putting two athletes on the ACC All-Fresman Team.
A new bill filed by Florida State Sen. Lauren Book would criminalize picketing or protesting near an abortion clinic. Violators would be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $500 and up to 60 days in jail. Specifically, the bill prohibits such actions inside of or within 150 feet of a healthcare facility. The state of Florida recognizes abortion clinics as healthcare facilities.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently said in an interview that American troops in the Middle East are “sitting ducks.” DeSantis did not say if there should be more troops or a troop withdrawal, but that the troops in Syria and Iraq are sufficient enough in numbers to be a target for America’s enemies.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will introduce sports betting, along with roulette and craps, at its six casinos on Dec. 7. The move follows the finalization of a gaming compact with the State of Florida in April 2021 and subsequent legal approvals by June 2023, overcoming challenges related to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.